Daily Israel Report

Failed Terror Attack at Jerusalem's Mughrabi Gate

3rd attack in weeks: 18-year-old Arab terrorist tried to attack a group of IDF soldiers near the Mughrabi Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday.
By Hana Levi Julian
First Publish: 11/15/2009, 10:55 AM / Last Update: 11/15/2009, 11:41 AM

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An 18-year-old Arab terrorist attempted to attack a group of IDF soldiers near the Mughrabi Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday.

Shouting "Allahu Akbar!" (Allah is Great), the cry of the Muslim jihad (holy war), the young man unsheathed a knife and tried to stab a Border Patrol officer. The soldier managed to fight off the attacker, who was subdued by other soldiers and then arrested.

The terrorist was transferred to security personnel for interrogation. No one was injured in the incident.

This was the third attack of this nature in recent weeks. Less a month ago, an Arab terrorist stabbed a Border Guard officer standing at the Kalandia security checkpoint in northern Jerusalem. The officer, who sustained moderate stomach wounds, was rushed to a hospital in the capital. His attacker was caught and the weapon he used was confiscated.

Several weeks prior, another security officer was stabbed by a 16-year-old Arab terrorist at the entrance to the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat in northern Jerusalem. Magen David Adom medics who responded to the scene immediately treated the victim before rushing him to the hospital with the knife still in his throat.